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What You Could Buy with
the Average Tax Increase
American Thinker, by J. Robert Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2013 11:10:51 AM     Post Reply
What´s $1,635 per year more in taxes for tens of millions of households? That´s just $136.25 taken from a family budget per month. Like prudent mobsters, President Obama and Speaker Boehner are just skimming a little from your earnings to keep the nation from falling off that awful fiscal cliff. As patriots, on the order of 1984, we should all rejoice that Big Brother knows best. Let´s see what a paltry $1,635 buys annually, shall we? And, dear reader, feel free to add to the list. How about a... 1. Whirlpool 26.4 cu. ft.

Inmates using newspaper´s
gun owner map to threaten
guards, sheriff says
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2013 11:05:12 AM     Post Reply
Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards. Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News´ decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. "They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That´s not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday.

Obama´s Inner Circle
and the ´War on Women´
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2013 10:44:22 AM     Post Reply
The White House releases tons of pictures of Obama family dog Bo; pictures of Michelle Obama gardening and hula-hooping; there are even photos of President Obama teaching the Resolute Desk how to do double duty as an ottoman. What there aren´t a lot of photographs of are America´s top general in the "war on women," Barack Obama, and his underrepresented high-ranking female advisers. Why? Because besides the president´s Senior Advisor and admitted ´main man´ Valerie Jarrett, there simply aren´t very many women around. So what does this say about Barack Obama



Confirmed: Diane Feinstein
Doesn´t Know Anything
American Thinker, by Warren Beatty    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/5/2013 10:12:30 AM     Post Reply
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), on December 17, 2012, announced that she will introduce a bill in the next Congress to stop the sale, transfer, importation, and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices (otherwise known as magazines). When asked, "Which special interests in Washington have too much power?," Feinstein answered in May 2012, "Guns." She continued, "We now have something happening in the US that has never happened before. That is, children killing children with guns. Over 13 a day."

Obama: ´I look forward to working with
the new Congress in a bipartisan way´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/5/2013 9:59:25 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. Over the past year, as I traveled across the country campaigning for this office, I told you that if I was fortunate enough to be re-elected, I’d work to change a tax code that too often benefited the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. This week, we did that. For the first time in two decades, we raised taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans in a bipartisan way, while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have thrown our economy back into recession.

Then I Watch ´Em Roll Away Again
Wall Street Journal, by Marc Myers    Original Article
Posted By: Mike PHX- 1/5/2013 9:57:21 AM     Post Reply
On Jan. 8, 1968,Otis Redding´s "(Sittin´ on) the Dock of the Bay" was released on Stax´s Volt label. Co-written by Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper, the single reached No. 1 on Billboard´s pop chart in March 1968, where it remained for four weeks. Two Grammys followed, along with the song´s induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. Redding never heard the single. On Dec. 10, 1967—just 18 days after the recording session—the 26-year-old singer died in a plane crash in Wisconsin, killing everyone on board except Ben Cauley, the trumpeter in his band.

Angela Merkel pictured
with blacked-up children
Telegraph (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/5/2013 9:56:12 AM     Post Reply
The German leader joined a group of a carolers for Three Kings´ Day on the steps of the chancellery but raised eyebrows when several of the children appeared in blackface. Traditionally, one of the kings appears with a darkened face as the groups go door-to-door singing carols. Mrs Merkel´s difficulties were added to by news that her coalition partners, the Free Democrat Party (FDP), were sinking in the polls and may not gather enough votes to remain in Parliament.



California parks officials deliberately
hid money, report says
Los Angeles Times, by Chris Megerian    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/5/2013 9:46:27 AM     Post Reply
Sacramento - Fear of embarrassment and budget cuts led California parks officials to intentionally conceal millions of dollars in a department account, according to an investigation conducted by the state attorney general´s office. The report, released Friday, is the most detailed official narrative yet regarding the root of the accounting scandal at the parks department. The scandal broke last summer when it was revealed that the parks department had a hidden surplus of nearly $54 million even though it was threatening to close dozens of facilities. (Snip)Accounting discrepancies appeared to begin innocently more than a decade ago,

In ’88, Irish Needed
Three ‘Knuckleheads’ to Win Title
New York Times, by Tim Rohan    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 1/5/2013 9:25:42 AM     Post Reply
A lot of talent, a dash of luck, some leadership and a comedian — every undefeated, top-ranked, on-top-of-the-world Notre Dame team has required one “great clown,” Ara Parseghian, the former Fighting Irish coach, said recently. Then he thought: well, Lou Holtz’s 1988 championship team had three.

GOP´s Camp: Obama´s ´spending problem
is getting worse, not better´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 1/5/2013 9:13:19 AM     Post Reply
Hello, I am Congressman Dave Camp from the Fourth District of Michigan and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Let me be candid. I understand the frustration so many Americans have with Washington right now. And you´re right - this government we have spends too much and wastes too much. It´s time for us to stand up and say ´enough is enough´ to those who would tax and spend even more.

Compassionate Conservatism
Properly Understood
Weekly Standard, by GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/5/2013 8:35:15 AM     Post Reply
Defeat, like death, concentrates the mind wonderfully. It also liberates the mind. People venture to think the unthinkable, or at least, the impermissible. A new generation of conservatives may be moved to reconsider some ideas that have fallen into disuse or even disrepute. Compassion is one such idea. Shortly after the election, Paul Ryan, addressing the Kemp Foundation, took the measure of the situation in which conservatives now find themselves. In the course of his remarks, he uttered the word “compassion” or “compassionate” five times, by my count?—?in a favorable sense.



James Carville:
Hillary Clinton haters ‘inhumane’
POLITICO, by KEVIN CIRILLI    Original Article
Posted By: snapper451- 1/5/2013 8:25:18 AM     Post Reply
James Carville slammed the “inhumane, idiotic” critics who questioned the legitimacy of Hillary Clinton’s recent head injury and said it was “duly noted” inside Clinton-land.“What kind of human being is going to think like that with everything going on with concussions, head injuries? The fact the woman was dehydrated from the fact that she’d been overseas so much — I just don’t know, and some of these people I know and I get along with,” Carville said Friday in a CNN interview.
Staff has split headline, added text.

Obama digs in as debt
ceiling fight looms
Los Angeles Times, by Matea Gold    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/5/2013 8:01:29 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Fresh off this week’s last-minute “fiscal cliff” deal, President Obama on Saturday dug in as the prospect of another budget clash with congressional Republicans loomed, warning that he will not negotiate over raising the nation’s debt limit. “One thing I will not compromise over is whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up,” Obama said in his weekly address. “If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy

Pelosi defends altered
photo of Democratic women
Washington Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/5/2013 7:55:13 AM     Post Reply
The office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) digitally added several female members to a photograph intended to include all of the women in the House Democratic Caucus. While dozens of members turned out for the Thursday photo-op, some weren’t able to make it on time, ABC News reported. Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz (D-Fla.), the chair of the Democratic National Committee, was among the members who were added to the photo.

Gutfeld: Media has traded in skepticism
over Hillary medical condition for
‘simpering fandom’ [Video]
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/5/2013 7:51:07 AM     Post Reply
On Friday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” co-host Greg Gutfeld took on the recently controversial issue regarding Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s health in the wake of last September’s terrorist attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, saying that the media has traded in skepticism over Clinton’s medical condition for “simpering fandom.” “So Hillary Clinton’s back and ready to go,” Gutfeld said. “Good. I hope for her sake, her family’s sake, our government’s sake that she recovers fully — especially given the shroud of mystery over all things Benghazi because it’s really about



Anthony Weiner accuser apologizes
to fallen pol on Facebook
New York Post, by JOSH MARGOLIN    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/5/2013 7:34:36 AM     Post Reply
No hard feelings!The sexy Las Vegas blackjack dealer who helped fuel the sexting scandal that killed the career of disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner has apologized to the randy former rep.“So great to see you back!” Lisa Weiss, 42, said in a Sept. 14 posting to Weiner’s new Facebook page.Just below a picture of Weiner, wife Huma Abedin and their baby son, Jordan Zane, Weiss told her onetime cyberpal, “Your wife and son are beautiful! Please let me apologize again for any pain I caused your [sic] or the beautiful huma . . . it was unintentional.”

Jersey Shore marina owner who
appeared in iconic Superstorm Sandy
picture with Obama says President
broke his promise to help her rebuild
New York Daily News, by Philip Caulfield    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 1/5/2013 6:56:30 AM     Post Reply
A New Jersey woman who became the face of post-Superstorm Sandy anguish when she appeared in a photo hugging President Obama among the ruins of her destroyed marina now says the President broke his promise to help her rebuild.Donna Vanzant, who hugged and chatted with the President when he visited her devastated North Point Marina in Brigantine on Oct. 31, told The Philly Post blog that she got the brush-off from Obama when she emailed him about relief efforts days after the photo op. "It was disturbing," she told the blog, which is edited by Philadelphia Magazine.

Prince John Recaptures Galveston
New York Times, by Richard Parker & Holly Regan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2013 6:11:01 AM     Post Reply
It was nearing midnight of New Year’s Eve, 1862, when the men of the Fourth Texas Cavalry began their dash down the final stretch of the 10,000-foot railroad bridge that connected the Texas mainland to their target: the island city of Galveston, currently under the control of Union forces. There was no obstacle they hadn’t faced in their bid to dislodge the Union invasion force. Though the tracks had been covered with wooden planks for ease and quiet, the stubborn pack mules refused to set foot on the bridge. By hand, troops had to haul 6 pieces of siege artillery,

McConnell, Boehner saved
most of the tax cuts
Human Events, by Allan H. Ryskind    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/5/2013 6:04:07 AM     Post Reply
Here’s a question for many conservatives: Whom would you rather have negotiating a business deal for you–Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or those House Republicans who would have had us sailing over the cliff rather than accept any compromise with the president? Personally, I’d hire the Minority Leader. Since the deal, middle class workers and businessmen have been happier, the stock market has soared, retirement accounts are going up and most of the Bush tax cuts that affect people like me have been preserved. (Snip)Even McConnell’s detractors should concede that he was not dealt the best of hands

Christie’s GOP Disconnect
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2013 5:53:52 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s temper tantrum about the temporary delay of action on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill earlier this week was depicted in some corners as an illustration of the disconnect between the Northeast and the southern and western base of the Republican Party. That was some truth in that. The bulk of the GOP caucus in the House doesn’t care much about the concerns of Northeast Republicans let alone those of anyone else in the region. That’s just one of many concerns that the GOP must confront as it starts thinking


It´s Less Easy Being ´Green´
as Los Angeles Yanks Plug on
Free Parking for Electric Cars
Wall Street Journal, by Hannah Karp    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2013 5:49:50 AM     Post Reply
On a recent morning, Jack Luu parked his plug-in Toyota Prius in one of the most expensive lots at Los Angeles International Airport before flying off to a film shoot in Canada. The lot, where Mr. Luu leaves his car as many as 10 times a month for business trips, normally charges $30 a day. But when Mr. Luu returned home three weeks later, he drove out, as usual, without paying a dime. "That was a huge reason why I bought the car in the first place," says the 35-year-old Santa Monica, Calif., postproduction company executive,

Beggin´ puts Gov. on
the spot with pick
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/5/2013 5:46:58 AM     Post Reply
Massachusetts voters have gotten used to their elected leaders pulling bizarre stunts, but this one’s right up there with Bill Weld jumping into the Charles River. There was the newly unemployed Barney Frank going on one last ego trip to reveal how he pressed Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him to the U.S. Senate. And there was Patrick, facing a horde of media inside his office, squirming to respond to Frank’s begging. Awkward, to say the least. “He’d be a great, uh, he’d be a great senator, even on an interim, um, basis,” Patrick said, dancing around the question.

Message from Alaska: Our
disaster relief isn’t ‘pork’
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2013 5:44:13 AM     Post Reply
Conservatives have denounced some of the spending inserted into the $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill that Speaker John Boehner stopped in the House over New Year’s. “They had the opportunity to have a $27 billion to $30 billion dollar legit relief package,” Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said on Fox News this week. But lawmakers “packed it with pork, then dared us not to vote on it. If we’re going to provide relief, we can’t allow it to be doubled with unrelated pork no matter where the relief is.”

Dick Armey Sticks His FreedomWorks
Payback to Glenn Beck
Atlantic, by Elspeth Reeve    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2013 5:39:25 AM     Post Reply
Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey revealed that the Tea Party group paid Glenn Beck about $1 million to say "nice things" about the group on his radio show, and that it got a negative return on that investment, in an interview Friday — with the liberal group Media Matters, of all places. It´s the latest strange revelation in the FreedomWorks civil war. Armey reportedly tried to stage an armed coup last fall, but his reign didn´t last long, and donor Richard J. Stephenson agreed to pay Armey $400,000 a year for 20 years to go away.

Hagel: Iraq War Was Only About Oil
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2013 5:34:14 AM     Post Reply
Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel said the American military campaign in Iraq was solely about securing oil, according to remarks he made in 2007 before law students at Catholic University. “People say we’re not fighting for oil. Of course we are,” said Hagel, who is reported to be President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Defense Department. “They talk about America’s national interest,” Hagel said during the 2007 speech, according to a report in Foreign Policy in Focus. “What the hell do you think they’re talking about? We’re not there for figs.”

Elizabeth Warren (D. Elizabeth Warren)
American Spectator, by F.H. Buckley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/5/2013 5:28:37 AM     Post Reply
Do you remember the line about how all clever economists were tall, with the exceptions of Milton Friedman and John Kenneth Galbraith? Clever or not, the 6’8” Galbraith was one of the wittiest of economists, and under a pseudonym once wrote a book mocking academic jargon called The McLandress Dimension. The Dimension in question measured the amount of time a person could spend without thinking of himself, scored from 100 (1 second) to 1 (60 minutes). Today’s winner is unquestionably the new junior senator from Massachusetts. I once received a six-page letter from her,

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